From Satan's Crown to the Holy Grail: Emeralds in Myth, Magic, and History (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2007 - Antiques & Collectibles - 180 pages
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Morgan discusses the origin of the emerald, its peculiar structure, and its strange allure. The story weaves across several continents and thousands of years. It is a tale of conquistadors, treachery, shipwrecks, and alchemy. Along the way, we meet scientists and kings and bear witness as the great emeralds are born, mined, smuggled, cut, and sold. The book also discusses the modern art of making synthetic emeralds. From the fastnesses of Afghanistan to the steamy jungles of Colombia and Zimbabwe, from the sands of Egypt to the bitter Urals, this is the story of a stone whose strange journey reflects the yearnings, greed, passions, and longing for beauty of the human race.
  

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Contents

1 The Green Legend
1
2 The Birth of the Stone in Myth and in Rock
9
The Emerald Business
21
4 Emeralds in World History
43
5 The Mystique of Origins and the Great Emeralds
75
6 Secrets of the Emerald Trade
141
A Tale of Simulation and Dissimulation
155
Selected Bibliography
173
Index
175
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Diane Morgan is an Adjunct Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Wilson College.

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